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Historic House on San Antonio River and Mission Trail

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 9)

Historic House on San Antonio River and Mission hike and bike trail. Our casa is right next door to one of San Antonio's five mission's, Mission San Juan Capistrano. We are on the San Antonio River and the wonderful newly renovated hike and bike trail that connect all the Missions. Skip rocks on the river, watch the sunset or curl up in our comfortable, charming home. With extensive grounds, nestled on 2 acres, we have a real 'getting away from it all' feel while still being conveniently located to all of San Antonio's best attractions -10 miles to downtown- 3 miles to grocery stores, restaurants, a movie theater and shopping!

Keywords: homey, cozy, comfortable, updated, historic, convenient, inspiring

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margaret walker
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 11, 2017

Why margaret walker chose San Antonio

We fell in love with this historic treasure and renovated it to preserve its roots. When we bought the house it needed a lot of love - it had gone to disarray, but after a lot of sweat and restoration magic, it is now a treasure. The original house was built pre1900. The rest of the house was added in the 30s. It used to be a ranch (cows, sheep, goats) and a pecan orchard. There have been whispers of it being a stagecoach stop, brothel and popular spot during prohibition. The ruin across the street is what's left of Berg's Mill. San Juan, the mission next door was built mid 1700s. The ambiance of our property is seductively peaceful - we are so glad the house can continue to enchant visitors!

What makes this house unique

We have a fountain and a pond - our kids love looking for frogs, or feeding the fish. The birding on and around our property is spectacular. In the wintertime, we love having fires in the fireplaces, especially the fireplace in the master bedroom. Our property is surrounded by national park land so we are very secluded.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(67 traveler reviews)

Historic House on San Antonio River and Mission Trail
average rating of 4.955224 based on 67 reviews

"The Place Was Totally Cool"

  • 5 of 5

I quote our daughter's summation of our stay at the Walker River House. It is truly a destination in itself! it is such an amazing property cozily nestled between a World Heritage Site Mission and the lovely trails along the San Antonio River. The house is filled with curiosities and treasures of all kinds, and everything practical you could possibly want for a comfortable and memorable stay. The place is well represented on the website and we agree with the 5 star reviews. It is better in person. Our family of 6 and 3 generations didn't have time in 3 days to experience it all.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girls Weekend was Awesome!

  • 5 of 5

The Walker River House was a great place for our annual girls weekend! 6 friends that went to high school together over 40 years ago! The place was excellent for visiting and gathering together! We toured the Missions, walked on the Trails, drank wine, cooked together, took Uber downtown and overall had a grand experience. The beds were awesome and the grounds were amazing! Thank you! Would highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our girls weekend at this home! Gorgeous and eclectic interior. Beautiful grounds and tons of great seating areas to enjoy a glass of wine.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home.

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful home. I love that they were able to keep the charm, but it is still comfortable. We had a great, short trip this last weekend and wish we could have stayed longer. We did have one odd thing happen - the rain this weekend was out of control. There was some water in the basement, but other than that, I was impressed by how water-proof the house was. I was expecting many leaks from the old windows since they don't usually get rain like that in San Antonio. We don't get the opportunity to vacation often, but if we ever return to San Antonio, we will definitely stay here.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow! Breathtaking!!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I were blown away by the beauty of this vacation rental and loved the outdoor appeal. The pics online are beautiful but in person this was such a neat place to stay. Wonderful kitchen area! We loved all the nooks and was a great peaceful place for 5 college friends to get together for a 40th birthday! Gracious host!! Next door and in walking distance to mission San Juan Capistrano! Great trails this place can't be beat!! Still thinking about it! Want to go back again!!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a long weekend with our two kids (11 and 4) after attending a wedding in town. What an oasis. You are really close to downtown, but feel like you are in the country. The home is very clean, spacious, and has a great eclectic decor. I found something new to admire every day. You really feel like you are staying in a family home. Margaret was there to greet us upon arrival and was very responsive to texts and questions. Beds were comfortable, and kitchen was well-stocked. The only thing we did not use was the pool, as it was not in working order until our last day, but we did not need it. Our kids made use of the swings, bikes, and scooters in the garage, and we used the stroller on a walk to the nearby mission. They loved hearing the rooster in the morning and watching the chickens scratching around outside. We would absolutely stay here again. Thanks for your great hospitality!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Car: recommended

We are located inside the loop in South San Antonio! Walk right next door to visit historic Mission San Juan (a UNESCO World Heritage site), kayak or canoe right in front of our house, ride bikes on the mission trail (the longest linear park in America),

We are: 8 miles to the Alamo and Riverwalk

23 miles to Six Flags and Sea World

11 miles to Lackland AFB

34 miles to Natural Bridge Caverns

You can hop on the new VIA bus line. VIA VIVA is a new service line from VIA Metropolitan Transit that takes you to the most-visited sites and attractions in the heart of San Antonio.

Three distinct VIVA routes connect riders with historic places, opportunities to learn and discover, classic and contemporary art, and popular dining and entertainment spots. There’s something for everyone on VIVA, including stops at the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site, the Alamo, King William Historic District, Southtown, Downtown, Market Square, the River Walk, Pearl, and the South Broadway corridor.

The best value for VIVA is with a $2.75 Day Pass, which gives you unlimited rides all day (available on the bus).


Rates & Availability

Southside House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 10 2017 - Mar 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 14 2017 - Apr 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
High season
Jun 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 16.75%

We have an event fee. Please no events without notifying owner. Please inquire. No guests of guests, only rental party allowed on premises. We have a country septic system, so please do not flush anything other than toilet paper. PLEASE recycle, use your towel more than once and be conservative with AC and heat usage. Help us do our part for the environment.

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Southside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 1 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3), Child Beds 2 ikea bunk beds in the basement that comfortable sleep children or smaller adults There is a twin and daybed in the loft and a cot in basement/playroom. We have one pack-n-play and can provide a high chair., Baby Cribs (1) pack-n-play
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
Small, shaded plunge pool, great for kids! Bikes, jogging stroller, basketball hoop, fishing poles

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